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two late 19th c cabinet photos including 2 of Henry Perky's famous cylindrical rail car (Byron Atkinson's private car), 7.5” x 9.5” image size, descending from Henry Drushel Perky (1843-1906 inventor of shredded wheat, Steel Car Co, lawyer for Union Pacific RR). From WIKI: “On the night of 15 September 1889 a fire swept through the main building of the exposition. The ten cars being built, the Steel Car Company plant, all the assets of the Steel Car Company were a total loss. Perky, not one to be easily discouraged, took the original Robbins car (that had been outfitted as a private car for Atkinson's personal use) for a transcontinental tour. Though it attracted a good deal of attention, it attracted no orders. The cylindrical car was shown at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, but again attracted no orders. Although almost $40,000 had been spent on it, when the exposition closed, the rail car was abandoned on the fairgrounds and later sold by the firm that dismantled the Exposition.” The car survived into the 1940's back east.

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two late 19th c cabinet photos including 2 of Henry

Estimate $200 - $300Sep 3, 2016